University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Title: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French Collection
Dates: 1785-1813, undated
Abstract: Includes a manuscript and a letter written by Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, as well as several decrees and orders signed by him, some with his annotations.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2985
Extent: 1 document box, 1 oversize box (2.71 linear feet), 1 oversize folder (osf)
Language: French
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Michael Ramsey, 2011


This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 Order to various of the Emperor's generals, signed handwritten document, 2 pages on 1 leaf, 30 August 1813. In the form of a letter addressed to "mon cousin." Written in an unidentified hand with handwritten revisions by Napoleon and signed by him. From the Stark Collection.


1.2 AL to unidentified recipient, undated. Removed from Stark 7110.


1.3 Boucheporn, Claude François Bertrand de. Pay order to Trésorier de la Caisse Civile for benefit of Maria Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte, signed handwritten document, 1 page, 30 July 1785.
osf 1 Carte, Benoit. Petition to Napoleon Bonaparte, signed handwritten document with handwritten note signed by Napoleon written on it, 1 page, 24 Floreal an 9 (14 May 1801?).
1.3 France. Administration de la Guerre. Bureau des Etapes et Equipages. Report concerning the equipment of the army in Spain, signed handwritten document with handwritten note by Napoleon written on it, 3 pages on 1 leaf, 16 July 1813 (Napoleon's note dated 22 July 1813).
2.1 Napoleon I, Emperor of the French. Decree conferring the dignity of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor on Camille Frédéric Gaulieu, handwritten document on vellum, signed by Napoleon and Cambacérès, with the imperial seal attached, 1 leaf, 5 August 1812. From the Parsons Collection.
1.4 Napoleon I, Emperor of the French. Marriage contract between Princesse Stephanie de Tascher and Prosper Louis, Duc d'Arenberg, handwritten document, signed by Napoleon, Josephine, the bride and bridegroom, and members of both families, 15 pages, 30 January 1808.
osf 1 Napoleon I, Emperor of the French. Order directing Count Sulkowski to set out for Rastadt, signed handwritten document, 1 page, 22 Brumaire an 6 (12 November 1797?).
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French. Trade license for a French ship, signed handwritten document, 1 page, 1 January 1813. Initialed by Napoleon and signed by five other officials.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author’s outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author’s incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date